Tree Block for Finn

I carved this block for Kateline to use making trim for a tunic for Finn. It’s 4″ in diameter and incorporates a charge from his arms inside a roundel border. Tree and future border space. The border design is loosely based on Sogdian samite textiles and their later imitations. Sources: The Metropolitan Museum of Art,…

Russian Charter set

A set of five charters for An Tir in the tetralogical style, these were loosely based on a 14th c gospel from Moscow. The Awards included are the Lion’s Torse, Lion’s Cub, Terpsichore’s Fox, Leo Minor, and Lion’s Mane. To make them a set, I drew the frame and then added different critters and knotwork…

Medieval Russian finds of printed fabric.

There is scattered evidence of block printing on fabric in 10th-12th c Russia. These are the four fragments I’m aware of: 2 from Chernigov, 1 from Kiev, and another from near Lake Ladoga. The two Chernigov fragments are dated to the 11-12th century, and have been reconstructed as large round designs. The originals were printed…

S-shaped lock rings found in Hungary and Romania.

S-shaped terminal temple rings , found commonly in West and East Slav contexts like Poland, Czechia, Slovakia, Ukraine, and NW Russia, have an analogue, found in Hungary and Romania. These areas are the Carpathian Basin and Transylvanian Basin/Plateau, respectively. S-shaped terminal lock rings from Dábáca. Source: Gáll 2013. Carpathian and Transylvanian basins pre 19th c….